If you’re a Facebook addict who can’t stop updating your status, we have the outfit for you.“Ping,” a “social-networking garment” by Jennifer Darmour of Electricfoxy, allows you to connect with your virtual audience with a pop of the hood, cinch of the waist tie, or unfastening of a button. Because Ping connects wirelessly to your account wherever you are, you’ll be able to keep your friends in the loop without the need for a phone, laptop, or any kind of hardware.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
The garment itself is a hoodie wrap with sewn-in electronics that register every move you make. Since clogging your friends’ walls with messages that indicate you “just lifted your hood” could get annoying quickly, you’re able to customize your updates and specify groups of recipients. (Imagine tightening your sash to relay that you’re “revved and ready for action” or doing the two-step and noting that you’re “movin’ and groovin’ it!”)
Sewn-in electronics register every move you make and updates your status accordingly.
Plus, communication is two ways: When your friends ping you back, you’ll feel a soft tapping on your shoulder.
In the grand scheme of things, most of your contacts don’t need to know where you are and what you’re doing every nanosecond of every day, but integrating real-time messaging into garments does have some larger applications.
Darmour is exploring how 3D gesture-sensing could translate into a new platform for communication.
Darmour is exploring how three-dimensional gesture-sensing could translate into a new platform for communication and personal expression. Your friends may not care that you’re pulling up a zipper right now, but Darmour’s research could eventually lead to accessories that telegraph environmental data and conditions.